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Association bullish on quick fix after banjo attack on Wall St. statue

2019-09-08

Tevon Varlack, 42, of Dallas, Texas was charged with criminal mischief, weapons possession and disorderly conduct after he was seen repeatedly striking the bull?s head with a metal object on Morris St. and Broadway around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. (Mark Woodward/New York Daily News)

The Wall St. bull will be repaired in a New York minute after it sustained nicks and a crack from a banjo-swinging “wacko,” the Bowling Green Association said Sunday.

Tevon Varlack, 42, climbed the iconic Charging Bull statue at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and thrashed the head of the bronze beast with a toy metal banjo as he shouted and played music from a portable speaker, according to police and prosecutors.

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“F--k Donald Trump,” Varlack yelled as he swung the silver instrument, according a homeless man who witnessed the incident.

Cops showed up in time to catch the bull-headed Varlack, of Dallas, in the act, according to court documents.

Arthur Piccolo of the Bowling Green Association said he expects an upstate foundry, Polich Tallix, will visit 7,100-pound bull this week and repair it on site.

He said that the worst Charging Bull had suffered before Saturday was minor graffiti.

Tevon Varlac walks out of the 1st Precinct to court after being arrested for damaging the Charging Bull statue on Broadway on Saturday, Sep. 7, 2019.
Tevon Varlac walks out of the 1st Precinct to court after being arrested for damaging the Charging Bull statue on Broadway on Saturday, Sep. 7, 2019. (Jeff Bachner/for New York Daily News)

“This is the first time in the bull’s 30 years that we’ve seen anything like this,” Piccolo told the Daily News.

He said he broke the news Sunday to Charging Bull artist Arturo Di Modica, who’s in his native Sicily, and the sculptor took it in stride.

“He was disappointed, but he didn’t think this was something tragic," said Piccolo. “Right now there are crowds out there as usual.”

Judge Althea Drysdale ordered Varlack released without bail Sunday at Manhattan Criminal Court, said a spokesman for the District Attorney. He was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and disorderly conduct and will return to court Oct. 21.

“I did it. The banjo and speaker are mine,” Varlack told cops, according to court papers.

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